Trip Start Jan 07, 2007
Trip End Apr 02, 2007

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tourism is a funny thing to me. I don't understand how some things get the hype they receive and become severely overrated (i. e. the Mona Lisa) and other places or sites receive hardly any recognition and you stumble across it and it takes your breath away. Lindos is an example of the latter, always hailed as the island of Rhodes' second tourist attraction, but way cooler than the city of Rhodes.

The city is a Santorini-white cubist construction in a valley that a dramatic cliff grows out of and is crowned with Lindos' acropolis. One of my favorite signs pointed to a beach one way, and to the acropolis the other way. The acropolis had some pretty cool ruins, but the view was spectacular. Jake's altimeter read 550 feet above sea level, and it was almost straight down to the ocean. I waited up there for about an hour, then pulled out my iPod and dialed in a Randy Roberts sermon. What a great space for church (in front of a pagan temple no less)! I had lunch up there then recruited Richard to hike with me out to a rock point to get a view looking pack at the city and the acropolis.

The hike was good, but there was no trail and it consisted of craggy rocks. The view was worth it, and we then set off to get into some of the caves below the acropolis. We succeeded, and with great acoustics, we serenaded each other by belting out "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling" (of course I was wearing the Aviator sunglasses, yes I capitalized Aviator, because it deserves it). After throwing a few rocks over the cliff, we set back for the bus and stopped at an internet café. The lady inside said they were open, then we sat down at a computer and she told us that the internet was not connected right now. So weird. This is like going to a grocery store that is OPEN and then they don't have any food. I think it is because we were American, but hey, I am just getting paranoid probably.

Last night, I had eaten by myself at a cheap spaghetti place. I talked with the jovial owner a lot and found out he was Albanian. Through broken English, we were able to converse some and I told him I enjoyed the food very much and would come back tomorrow. Well, I told everyone in the group about him, and we all ended up at the spaghetti place. I saw him and I told him that I had brought my friends and the man's mouth dropped (we are in VERY slow tourist season). He ended up giving me free bread and free soda for me to share with everyone. When we left he was genuinely appreciative for the business I had brought him. What an unbelievable contrast from Egyptian culture.

Speaking of VERY slow tourist season, I am not kidding when I say that NO one is here. We walk the streets at night and most of the shops are closed. The medieval old town is strangely empty and we have a hotel all to ourselves (the owner even leaves for the night, so it is just the MSU group). So strange and yet wonderful to experience Rhodes this way.

Tomorrow we are off to Santorini, which has tons of hype from my parents and Darren. Let's see if this bad boy can measure up to the hype!
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